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Lists of Alumni

A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, from 1693 to 1888

The Catalogue of the Alumni and Alumnae For the Years 1866-1932

Notable Alumni By the Numbers

Governors of Virginia: 21

Governors of other States: 15

US Representatives from Virginia: 85

US Senators from Virginia: 36

Speakers of the US House of Representatives: 3

US Secretary of State: 4

US Supreme Court Justices: 4 (including one Chief Justice)


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  • Presidents

Thomas Jefferson 1762, LL.D 1783, author of the Declaration of Independence, first Secretary of State, second Governor of Virginia, third President of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia

James Monroe 1776, fifth President of the United States, 12th Governor of Virginia, architect of the Monroe Doctrine

John Tyler 1807, tenth President of the United States and former Chancellor of the College

  • Supreme Court

Philip Pendleton Barbour, 1799, Associate Justice, 1836-1841; United States Speaker of the House of Representatives

John Blair, Jr., 1754, Associate Justice, 1790-1795 Wikipedia entry

John Marshall, 1780, Fourth Chief Justice of the United States, 1801-1835

Bushrod Washington, Associate Justice, 1799-1829; one of the first members of Phi Beta Kappa

BSA see Student Government--Board of Student Affairs BSO see Black Student Organization Baccalaureate Service see Commencement--Baccalaureate Service Backdrop Club

  • Cabinet and Diplomats

George M. Bibb, U.S. Senator, Kentucky (1811-1814); 17th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1844-1845)

John Breckinridge, sixth United States Attorney General

John J. Crittenden 1806, 16th and 23rd United States Attorney General

Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. 1998, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1991-1993); Deputy National Security Adviser (1989-1991); 22nd United States Secretary of Defense (2006-present)

Susan Morrissey Livingstone '68, Undersecretary, United States Navy

John Nelson 1811, 18th United States Attorney General

Edmund Jennings Randolph, first United States Secretary of State (1794-1795); second United States Attorney General (1789-1794)

Janet A. Sanderson '77, U.S. Ambassador to Algeria; recipient of U.S. State Department's Herbert A. Salzman Award

William Short 1779, co-founder and president of Phi Beta Kappa (1778-1781); Charge d'Affaires of the Diplomatic Mission to France; First American Career Diplomat; Minister to Spain (1793-1795)

  • Governors

W. W. Bibb 1796, Governor of Alabama (1805-1808) William Bloxham 1855, Governor of Florida (1881-1885) Gerard Brandon 1809, Governor of Mississippi (1825-1826) William Henry Cabell 1793, Governor of Virginia (1817-1820) William C. C. Claiborne 1790, Governor of Mississippi Territory (1801-1805), Governor of Territory of Orleans (1803-1812), Governor of Louisiana (1812-1816) Edward Coles 1807, Governor of Illinois (1822-1826) Richard Coke 1848, Governor of Texas (1874-1876) John J. Crittenden 1807, Governor of Kentucky (1848-1850) John N. Dalton '53, Governor of Virginia (1978-1982) William Branch Giles 1781, Governor of Virginia (1827-1830) Mills E. Godwin Jr. '34, LL.D. 1966, Governor of Virginia (1966-1970 and 1974-1978) John Munford Gregory 1832, Governor of Virginia (1842-1843) Benjamin Harrison V 1745, Governor of Virginia (1782-1784), member of Continental Congress, signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, father of ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison David Holmes 1795, Governor of Mississippi (January 1826-July 1826) John Francis Mercer 1775, Governor of Maryland (1801-1803), Delegate to the Continental Congress (1787); United States Representative, Maryland (1791-1794) Andrew Jackson Montague 1874, Governor of Virginia (1802-1806) Wilson Cary Nicholas 1779, Governor of Virginia (1814-1816) John Page 1763, Governor of Virginia (1802-1805) Walter R. Peterson '46, Governor of New Hampshire (1969-1973) James Pleasants 1785, Governor of Virginia (1822-1825); U.S. Senator, Virginia (1819-1822) John Pope 1790, Governor of the Territory of Arkansas (1829-1835), U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1837-1843) James Patton Preston 1773, Governor of Virginia (1816-1819) Beverly Randolph 1772, Governor of Virginia (1788-1791) Peyton Randolph 1739, Acting Governor of Virginia (1811-1812) Edmund Randolph 1770, Governor of Virginia (1786-1788) Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. 1783, Governor of Virginia (1819-1822); Colonel of the Twentieth Infantry (War of 1812); son-in-law to Thomas Jefferson (died at Monticello in 1828) Thomas B. Robertson 1795, Governor of Louisiana(1820-1824) Wyndham Robertson 1820, Acting Governor of Virginia (1836-1837) William Munford Tuck 1917, LL.D. 1948, Governor of Virginia (1946-1950) John Tyler, Jr. 1807, Governor of Virginia (1825-1827) John Tyler, Sr. 1765, Governor of Virginia (1808-1811)

  • Senators, Speakers, Congresspeople and Other Government

James Frederick Almand '71, J.D. '74, member of Virginia House of Delegates (1978-2003) Richard Clough Anderson 1805, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1817-1821) William Segar Archer 1810, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1820-1835) Archibald Atkinson 1813, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1843-49) Lynn Banks 1806, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1838-1841) William Taylor Barry 1804, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1810-1811) John Strode Barbour 1809, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1823-1833) Phillip Pendleton Barbour 1802, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1814-1825, 1821-1823, 1827-1830) Burwell Bassett 1782, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1805-1813, 1815-1819, 1821-1829) Viola O. Baskerville '73, current Secretary of Administration for Virginia, Former Member of Virginia House of Delegates Herb Bateman '49, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1983-2000) Thomas Hart Benton 1800, U.S. House of Representatives, Missouri (1853-1855) Karen Beyer '91, Member, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (2005-present) Richard Bland, Member of Continental Congress (1774-1775); served multiple terms in House of Burgesses; Colonial rights advocate who publicly opposed England's Stamp Act Schuyler Otis Bland 1892, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1918-1950) Theoderic Bland 1754, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1789-1790) Sarah Kemp Brady '64, pioneer in handgun control; wife of Jim Brady, press secretary to President Ronald Reagan Carter Braxton 1755, signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence; member of Continental Congress; leader in the American Revolution James Breckenridge 1785, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1809-1817) Robert H. Brink J.D. '78, Member of Virginia House of Delegates (1998-present) Eric Cantor J.D.'88, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (2001-present) Robert Eugene Cook '50, U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio (1959-1963) Steven J. Chabot ' 75, U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio (1994-present) William C. C. Clairborne 1790, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee (1797-1801) James B. Comey ' 82, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Deputy United States Attorney General (2002-2005); General Counsel of Lockheed Martin (2005-present), proscuting attorney in the Marth Stewart trial John Jordan Crittenden 1807, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1861-1863) Benjamin Williams Crowninshield 1805, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts (1823-1831) Henry A. S. Dearborn 1803, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts (1831-1833) Mark L. Earley '76, J.D. '82 , Former Attorney General, Virginia. Oilver Walter Frey 1915, U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania (1933-1939) Joseph H. Hawkins 1807, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1814-1815) John Heath, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia (1793-1797); founding member and first president of Phi Beta Kappa in 1776 Kristy Melker Hickman J.D. '94, State Attorney General, Maryland (2006-present) Benjamin Howard 1797, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1807-1810) John Winston Jones 1813, U.S. House of Representatives (1835-1845); Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1843-1845) William Mallory Levy 1844, U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana (1875-1877) Ryan McDougle J.D. '96, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, State Senate William McMillan 1775, U.S. House of Representatives, Territory Northwest of the Ohio River (1800-1801) Duane Milne '90, Member, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (2006-present) William C. Mims '79 J.D. '96, Member, Virginia House of Delegates (1992-2005) Alan Mollohan '66, U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia (1982-present) Jackson Morton 1815, U.S. Senator, Florida (1849-1855); Confederate Representative, Florida (1861-1862) John Nelson 1811, U.S. Attornery General, (1843-1845); U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland (1821-1823) Roger Nelson 1775, U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland (1804-1810) John Calhoun Nicholls 1855, U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia (1979-1881, 1883-1885) Thomas K. Norment, Jr. J.D. '73, Virginia State Senate Member Michael K. Powell ' 85, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (2001-2005); son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell; appointed Rector of College of William & Mary (2006) Peyton Randolph, first President of Continental Congress (1774-1775); Attorney General, Virginia Colony; buried beneath the chapel of the College Thomas Bolling Robertson 1795, U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana (1812-1818) Samuel T. Sawyer 1819, U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina (1837-1839) Charles Lewis Scott 1846, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California (1857-1861), Minister to Venezuela (1885-1889) Harriett Stanley '72, member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives (2006-present) Andrew Stevenson, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1827-1833) David Trimble 1799, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky (1817-1827) Malfourd W. Trumbo '77, J.D. '83, Former Member, Virginia House of Delegates Dina Titus ' 70, Minority Leader, Nevada State Senate; 2006 Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Nevada

  • Military & Aerospace

Capt. David M. Brown '78, astronaut, surgeon and naval pilot (died aboard the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003) Maj. General James Michael Lyle '62, Former Commander of Reserve Officer Training Corps. Lt. General David McKiernan '72, commanding general, Third U.S. Army, Coalition Forces Land Component Command in the Middle East (CENTCOM) General Winfield Scott 1805, longest serving general in U.S. military history (1814-1861); commanded forces in War of 1812, Black Hawk War and Mexican-American War; general-in-chief of Union Army at start of the American Civil War; author of Anaconda Plan

  • Arts and Media

Katherine Boo, journalist; recipent of MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" (2002); recipient of Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2000) for her Washington Post series Invisible Lives, Invisible Deaths Christopher Bram '74, writer, author of Father of Frankenstein which was adapted into Academy Award winning film Gods and Monsters James Branch Cabell 1898, regionalist author, favorite of Mark Twain. Henri Cole '78, poet; current poet-in-residence at William and Mary Glenn Close '74, actress in such films as Dangerous Liasions and Fatal Attraction, the television series The Shield and stage productions such as Sunset Boulevard Steven Culp '78, actor on such television shows as Desperate Housewives, The West Wing and JAG Michael D'Orso '75, journalist; nominated for Pulitzer Prize; author of Like Judgement Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood Perry Ellis '61, fashion designer and founder of the firm Perry Ellis International Kate Fleming '87, award-winning audio book narrator John Gilstrap '79, author of thrillers Nathan's Run, Even Steven and At All Costs Ed Grimsley '51, author of First, Let's Kill all the Humorists Peter Frostic '01, Member of Old School Freight Train bluegrass band Scott Glenn '63, actor in such films as The Right Stuff, Hunt for Red October, The Silence of the Lambs Karen L. Hall '78, television writer of CBS's Judging Amy, M*A*S*H Sheri Holman '88, best-selling novelist; author of A Stolen Tongue, The Dress Lodger and The Mammoth Cheese Martin Jurow '32, late producer for both Broadway stage productions and film Dick Lamb '63, radio personality and station owner in Southeastern Virginia Linda Lavin '59, actress, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, starred on television sitcom Alice Bill Lawrence '90, television, creator/writer of Scrubs and Spin City William Ivey Long '69, LHD '04, costume designer, four time recipient of Tony Award Peter Neufeld '58, Broadway Producer Patton Oswalt '91, comedian; film and television actor on such series as The King of Queens Andrew Pang '88, actor, on such television shows as Law and Order: Criminal Intent Lewis Puller '67, lawyer; writer; winner of Pulitzer Prize for autobiography Fortunate Son in 1991 Jason Pollock '94, member of the band Seven Mary Three, formed at the College in 1992 H. Reid '47, author, photographer and historian Jason Ross '95, member of the band Seven Mary Three H. Mason Sizemore, Jr. '63, President and CEO, The Seattle Times Joan F. Showalter '55, former Senior Vice President with CBS Mark Stanley '78, director, New York City Ballet Jon Stewart '84, anchor and writer of Emmy-winning television program The Daily Show; host of 2006 Academy Awards television broadcast Audrea Topps-Harjo '88, founder of Obsidian Pictures, released Raw Intensity and Hard Candy John C. Wright J.D. '87, author of The Golden Age trilogy and other science fiction and fantasy novels; called "this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" by Publishers Weekly Law & Academia Hans Christian Ackerman '97, Rhodes Scholar Dr. Warren Wesley Buck III MS '70, Ph.D. '76, Former chancellor, University of Washington, Bothell Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., '69, LHD '04, physician and pioneer in oncology, CEO of Yale University's Comprehensive Cancer Institute David Ellenson '69, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Joseph Ellis '65, history professor, Mount Holyoke College; author of New York Times bestseller Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation which received 2001 Pulitzer Prize Penelope W. Kyle, M.B.A. '87, President of Radford University Haldane Robert Mayer J.D. '71, Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. (1997-present) William Barton Rogers, natural scientist; former Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry at the College (1828-1835); founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1861) Timothy J. Sullivan '66, Former President of the College of William and Mary (1992-2005), current President and CEO of the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va. Rebecca Beach Smith '71, U.S. District Court Judge, Virginia (Virginia's first female federal judge) George Edward Srour '05, Wm E. Simon Fellowship for Nobel Purpose Henry St. George Tucker 1798, J.D. 1801, law professor at College (1801-1804); judge, Virginia Supreme Court (1824-1831); known for authoring the honor pledge in 1842 which has since be used as a model at numerous universities

Paul R. Verkuil '61, Dean, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, Former President of the College of William and Mary (1985-1992), appointed by U.S. Supreme Court - 'Special Master' for Ellis Island Dispute

Mary Jo White '70, former U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York (1993-2002), partner at Manhattan law fim Debevoise & Plimpton (2003-present)

George Wythe, legal scholar; America's first Professor of Law, William and Mary (1769-1789); Member of Continental Congress (1775-1776); signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776)

  • Business

A. Marshall Acuff, Jr. '62, former managing director of Solomon Smith Barney

Jean Blackwell '76, serves Cummins, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

J. Edward Coleman '73, CEO of Gateway, Inc. Beth Comstock '82, President of Integrated Media for NBC Universal Clyde E. Culp '65, Former CEO of Long John Silvers, Former CEO of Po Folks, Former President & CEO of Embassy Suites Hotel Division. David A. Eklund ' 82, chairman of reinsurance firm Aeolus Re; previous President of Renaissance Re Lewis Glucksman '45, the late Wall Street trader and former CEO of Lehman Brothers Jim Kaplan '57, owner of Cornell Dubilier Electronics, the world's oldest manufacturer of electronic capacitors; endowed the College's basketball gymnasium Kaplan Arena Raymond A. Mason ' 59, founder and CEO of investment firm Legg Mason, Inc.; namesake of William and Mary's Mason School of Business Mark McCormack '51, sports agency pioneer, founder of International Management Group, author of bestseller What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School Joseph J. Plumeri '66, Chairman and CEO of Willis (Insurance), namesake of William and Mary's baseball stadium, Plumeri Park Michael F. Rogers '81, president, Investors Bank & Trust Company Michael Sapnar '88, senior executive at reinsurance firm Transatlantic Reinsurance James Ukrop '60, Chairman of Ukrop's Super Markets, Chairman of First Market Bank Henry C. Wolf '64, J.D. 1966, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman, Norfolk Southern Corporation; benefactor of Henry C. Wolf Law Library at the College Walter J. Zable '37, L.L.D. 1978, Chairman/CEO Cubic Corporation, benefactor of Zable Stadium at the College

  • Sports & Athletics

Al Albert '69, M.Ed. 1971, graduate and professor/coach, one of all time winningest coaches in NCAA Soccer history Wade Barrett '98, Major League Soccer defender, Houston Dynamo Bill Bray '04, Relief pitcher, Cincinnati Reds Adin Brown '00, Norwegian Premier League soccer goalkeeper, Aalesund, two-time NCAA First Team All-American (1998 & 1999) Steve Christie '89, former National Football League placekicker, played in three Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills Mike "Pinball" Clemons '86, former record-holding Canadian Football League player (1989-2000); current head coach Toronto Argonauts (2001-present) Lang Campbell '05, professional quarterback, 2004 Walter Payton Award winner John Cannon '82, former defensive end Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1982-1989) Lou Creekmur '50, eight-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle / guard from 1950-59 Detroit Lions, Pro Football Hall of Fame (1996) Mark Duffner '75, current Linebackers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars Ivan Fears '76, New England Patriots running backs coach Kip Germain '78, former professional soccer player with Washington Diplomats, Atlanta Chiefs of North American Soccer League J. D. Gibbs '91, former NASCAR driver, President of Joe Gibbs Racing, owner #11 Fed Ex Chevrolet car Robert Green '92, former professional football player, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears Brendan Harris '01, infielder, Cincinnati Reds Ron Harrison '98, former cornerback Jacksonville Jaguars Dan Henning '64, former head coach with the Atlanta Falcons (1983-1986) and San Diego Chargers (1989-91) Adam Hess '04, professional basketball player in Czech Republic's NBL Brian L. Hyde '96, Olympic Athlete, 1500M Steve Jolley '97, former Major League Soccer defender, Red Bull New York Mark Kelso '85, former free saftey with the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills - played in four straight Super Bowls with the Bills, third on Bills' all-time interception list with 30 Mike Leach '00, tight end / long snapper, Denver Broncos Sean McDermott '98, current linebackers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles Bud Metheny '40, M.Ed. '53, former professional baseball player with the New York Yankees (1943-46), longtime baseball coach with Old Dominion University Rich Musinski '04, wide receiver, New England Patriots Rob Olson ' 82, former professional soccer player with Team America of North American Soccer League Christine Paradis '84, Former pro women's lacrosse player, Amherst College women's lacrosse head coach Billy Parker '04, safety, Carolina Panthers Curtis Pride '92, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels Vic Raschi '49, former pitcher, New York Yankees (1946-1953) St. Louis Cardinals (1954-1955) Kansas City Athletics (1956) Chris Ray '03, relief pitcher / closer, Baltimore Orioles Kevin Rogers '74, Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Jim Ryan '79, former lineman (1979-1988) and current defensive assistant coach, Denver Broncos Darren Sharper '97, former safety, Green Bay Packers; current strong safety, Minnesota Vikings Rip Scherer '74, current Assistant Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach Dominique Thompson '04, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams Mike Tomlin '95, current head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (2007-present), former defensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings (2006), former defensive backs coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-2005) Jude Waddy '98, former linebacker Green Bay Packers, (1998-2002) Brant Weidner '83, Former professional basketball player, San Antonio Spurs Alan Williams '92, Defensive Backs coach with the Indianapolis Colts (2002-present) The above is from the Alumni Association.

  • Thomas A. Shannon, assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs for the U.S. Department of State

External Links

William and Mary Alumni Association: Notable Alumni